It lasted only half a minute but the devastation it caused is mind-boggling.
The powerful earthquake that rocked Bohol province and Cebu City in Central Visayas early on Tuesday toppled buildings, damaged roads and bridges and triggered a deadly stampede.
The 7.2-magnitude quake, the strongest to hit the Visayas and Mindanao in more than two decades, killed at least 85 people and injured hundreds.
An intensity-6 quake also shook Hinigaran, Negros Occidental and Dumaguete City, while intensity 5 was recorded in Iloilo and parts of Guimaras, Negros Oriental, Camiguin Island and Northern Mindanao.
The earthquake was also felt as far as Northeast of Bicol Region, like Sorsogon and Masbate, and far south in Davao City and Zamboanga.
Fifteen of the confirmed fatalities were in Cebu, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). It said 57 people were reported dead in Bohol, while one person died in nearby Siquijor Island in Negros Oriental.
However, Gov. Edgardo Chatto of Bohol said that 102 people died in his province while hundreds were injured.
Cebu and Bohol provinces have been placed under a state of calamity.
Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that the epicenter of the earthquake was east of Carmen, Bohol.
He said that the temblor, which was tectonic in origin, occurred 33 kilometer below the surface with a strength 32 times stronger than the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.
"Bohol island had an intensity of 7.2 but maybe the epicenter is close to 8," Solidum said.
Worst hit was Tagbilaran City, where churches, bridges and roads collapsed.
Power outages were reported in Bohol, Mandaue City, Iloilo City, Cadiz City in Negros Occidental, and other areas in Region 11.
In Cebu, a university, a school and two shopping malls, public markets and many small buildings sustained damage in the quake.
"I was thrown to the ground by the strength of the quake.
Broken glass rained on me," Elmo Alinsunorin, a guard for a government tax office in Cebu, said.
"I thought I was going to die."
Authorities said the death toll could still climb as officials struggle to assess the extent of the damage in Bohol.
Officials said the death toll was not so high because there were fewer people in the damaged buildings since yesterday was a holiday.
Three of the people who died in Cebu were crushed to death in a stampede at a sports complex, where poor people had gathered to collect regular government cash handouts, according to the provincial disaster council chief, Neil Sanchez.
"There was panic when the quake happened and there was a rush toward the exit," Sanchez said.
He said two other people were killed when part of a school collapsed on a car they had parked in, while four others died at a fish market that crumbled.
One of the main tourist venues in Bohol, the Chocolate Hills Complex, was severely damaged and may be beyond repair, according to Delapan Ingleterra, head of a local tourist police unit.
"There are huge cracks in the hotel and there was a collapse of the view deck on the second floor," Ingleterra said. No one was injured at the complex.
Besides its beaches, Bohol is famous for its more than 1,000 small limestone "Chocolate Hills" that turn brown during the dry season.
There were no reports of foreign tourists being killed anywhere in the disaster zone.
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